|—n , pl -zoa|
|sperm, Also called: zoosperm any of the male reproductive cells released in the semen during ejaculation, consisting of a flattened egg-shaped head, a long neck, and a whiplike tail by which it moves to fertilize the female ovum|
spermatozoon sper·mat·o·zo·on (spər-māt'ə-zō'ŏn', -ən, spûr'mə-tə-)
n. pl. sper·mat·o·zo·a (-zō'ə)
The mature male gamete or sex cell that consists of a cylindrical nucleated cell with a short neck and a thin motile tail, contains genetic information to be transmitted by the male, exhibits autokinesia, and is able to effect zygosis with an ovum; sperm.
|spermatozoon (spər-māt'ə-zō'ŏn') Pronunciation Key
A sperm cell produced in the testis of an animal.